Sweet Potatoes, also called Kumara, is one of my favourite, healthy indulgences. It has always been a very popular poor man’s food, as far as I know. I think eating this lovely vegetable keeps me humble and sweeter each day. I remember we grew up eating lots of them. We ate them boiled or cooked with rice. We were just happy that our stomaches were full. Besides that, potato leaves taste very delicious when fried with just garlic and a sprinkle of salt.
My parents used to plant a lot of sweet potatoes. There were rows and rows of sweet potato beds. I enjoyed the harvesting season. I loved the thrill of pulling them out of the soil. Sometimes they broke off from the stems and we had to dig into the soil to find them. My parents planted several varieties. There was one particular type that we loved which is the purple type. We love the colour, taste and texture. It’s sad that I don’t see them around.
Sweet potato is a vegetable with all its wholesome goodness and yet tastes very good like a dessert. It is high in vitamins and minerals and high in fibre which is very good for the bowels.
I remember my mom always started babies on solid food by feeding them boiled sweet potatoes. She said potatoes are easy for babies to digest and provide good nutrients. So far I noticed that babies and children love sweet potatoes because of the sweetness.
There are so many ways to cook sweet potatoes. The most common ways that I cook them are either steam them, boil them or bake them. It is so simple, so easy and so healthy. Sometimes I take them as a meal. It is a very delicious and nutritious vegetable.
I baked 6 pieces of sweet potatoes yesterday. I bought the organic types. I just washed them and straight into the oven to bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 1 hour until they are completely cooked through. I love them soft and sweet. But if you don’t like them so soft, you can shorten the time. The time needed also depends on the size of the potatoes. If you want to save on electricity, bake a chicken together in the same oven if your oven is able to accommodate 2 trays like mine.
This is how good the sweet potatoes are when they are fully baked…..yummy. I just love them……SOOOO DELICIOUS! I ate 4 of them……mmmmm.
Do you like sweet potatoes? How do you like them cooked? Please share, add or comment in the comment box below.
Potato dessert recipe that you may be interested in:
Sweet Potato Balls For Dessert
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‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’